Author: Owen Roberts

Pushing back against monopolies

Farmers’ ire rises, and so do their costs, every time more market consolidation takes place.

It’s an age-old formula: by buying their competitors, the giants of the industry control supply and price….

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The radical middle needs to hear from farmers

Americans are nagged to no end about their diets. The Centers for Disease Control, for example, relentlessly chides consumers for eating less than 10% of their daily recommended fruit-and-vegetable intake.

The center says that leads to all kinds of health problems and disease. But who’s to blame?

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Fruit and vegetable growers hammered by high prices

The global Fresh Produce Coalition and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization met last month to talk about creating a group to analyze how cost hikes and supply chain disruptions have affected the fresh produce industry.

But really, is another analytical effort really needed to tell us how bad it is?

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Urban Cowboy

Raising awareness and promoting dialogue about current food and agriculture issues.


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Owen Roberts is a faculty member in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program at the University of Illinois. As an agricultural journalist, he is the past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Association for Communications Excellence, and others.